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Implementation of Robot Systems

An introduction to robotics, automation and successful systems integration in manufacturing

Interested in cutting costs and improving the quality of your manufacturing processes to stay competitive?

Unsure about what others have done, what’s possible or how best to integrate robots into what you do?

Worried about making costly errors in trying to implement new technology?

Based on the author’s wide-ranging experience as a robot user, supplier and consultant, Implementation of Robot Systems will enable you to approach the use of robots in your plant or facility armed with the right base knowledge and awareness of critical factors to take into account.

Written to assist engineers and managers across various industries in applying robot solutions to real-world manufacturing problems, the book starts with the basics of typical applications and robot capabilities before covering all stages of successful robot integration. Potential problems and pitfalls are flagged and worked through so that you can learn from others’ mistakes and plan proactively with possible issues in mind.

Taking in content from the author’s graduate level teaching of automation and robotics for engineering in business and his consultancy as part of a UK Government program to help companies advance their technologies and practices in the area, Implementation of Robot Systems blends technical information with critical financial and business considerations to help you stay ahead of the competition.


Engineers and managers across all industries involved in manufacturing, robotics and automation, including manufacturing engineers, plant engineers and project engineers. Engineering students preparing for roles in manufacturing, robotics and automation.

Hardbound, 320 Pages

Published: November 2014

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-404733-4


  • 1. Introduction

    1.1. Process Automation vs Factory Automation

    1.2. Benefits of Flexibility

    1.3. History of Robotics

    2. Automation Systems

    2.1. Handling Systems

    2.2. Assembly Automation

    2.3. Vision Systems

    2.4. Process Equipment

    2.5. Tooling and Fixturing

    2.6. System Controls

    3. Industrial Robots

    3.1. Types of Robots

    3.2. Robot Performance

    3.3. Robot Selection

    3.4. Benefits of Robots

    4. Typical Applications

    4.1. Food Industry

    4.2. Electrical and Electronics

    4.3. Metal working

    4.4. Aerospace

    4.5. Medical and Pharmaceutical

    4.6. Plastics

    5. Developing a Solution

    5.1. Determining application parameters

    5.2. Initial concept design

    5.3. Robot Selection

    5.4. Refining the Concept

    5.5. Controls and Safety

    5.6. Simulation and Testing

    6. Specification Preparation

    6.1. Main elements of a Specification

    6.2. Key operational parameters

    6.3. Testing requirements

    6.4. Buy-off criteria

    6.5. Issuing tenders

    7. Financial Justification

    7.1. Benefits of Automation

    7.2. Quick financial analysis

    7.3. Identifying cost savings

    7.4. Developing the justification

    7.5. Need for appropriate budgets

    8. Successful Implementation

    8.1. Project Planning

    8.2. Supplier Selection

    8.3. System Build and Buy-off

    8.4. Installation

    8.5. Staff Involvement

    8.6. Avoiding Problems

    8.7. Operation and Maintenance

    9. Conclusions


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